Wii Fit Plus jumps to top of the charts

Disappointment for other publishers as Band Hero, SingStar: Take That, and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time all fail to break the top 10.

Although Football Manager 2010 was able to hold off Nintendo's Wii Fit plus from the number one spot, the fitness title has now climbed up one place to the top of the UK charts, as Football Manager drops down to number four.

Nintendo will be hoping for some success with Wii Fit plus, as itsrecent financials depicted a less-than-rosy outlook for the Kyoto based company. Overall Wii sales were down to only 5.75 million units from 10.1 million, and profits plummeted 52 percent from ¥144.8 billion ($1.6 billion) from April to September 2008 to ¥69.5 billion ($766 million) from April to September 2009.

However, if the game manages sales figures close to its predecessor, Nintendo should be laughing all the way to the bank. Wii Fit managed to hold on to the top spot for over 16 weeks earlier in the year, and lifetime sales for the game have hit over 22 million.

It's not all sunshine and rainbows for other publishers this week, as a number of high-profile releases have failed to break the top 10. Activision's latest child-friendly rhythm game Band Hero, failed to break even the top 40, while DJ Hero, which last week debuted at 20, drops another place to 21.

Sony may be disappointed with the performance of Insomniac’s latest title, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, which debuts at 22, though manages number three in the PlayStation 3 chart. It's more bad news for Sony as SingStar: Take That fails to hit the right notes and charts at 16. FIFA 10 climbs up a place to three, while rival PES 10 drops down to nine. Interestingly, PES 10, which traditionally fares better on a Sony console, has been knocked off the top spot in the PlayStation 3 chart by FIFA 10, falling to five. The last new entry in the all-formats category this week comes from BioWare with the critically acclaimed Dragon Age: Origins, which debuts at five.

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23 comments
kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Amongst gamers, shooters sell more. Amongst non-gamers, Nintendo games sell more. Everything else is lucky to get a look in and it is those games that are the greatest IMO.

Hizang
Hizang

And we what supposed to be shocked by this news...

CUDCUD
CUDCUD

@mf1986 exactly it isnt a game for gamers it is more of a exercise product, im not sure if it can really be considered a game. Oprah supporting the 'game' is good and bad; its good for sales but for people who actually want to get fit they should do some real exercise.

xblane
xblane

What really surprises me is how often people will say "Im so surprised that Wii Fit keeps selling" .... you don't have to like it, just deal with it

mf1986
mf1986

@dmcguk people that buy that sort of "game", have most likely never visited a gaming website in their life. beside oprah said it is a good game and all the women brought one.

dmcguk
dmcguk

why do people buy this junk ? it amazes me that people pick this junk over quality games like dragon age

DrDuncs
DrDuncs

The original Wii Fit is great fun to play with friends even if just for a laugh to see someone try to hula hoop. Owners of this are highly likely to Wii Fit Plus as it is so cheap and has some great additions. Not surprising it is rated so highly.

Solidsnake13_2
Solidsnake13_2

Wooow. Wii Fit just never sees to amaze me how it can always take a top spot. I have Wii Fit Plus and no hearing R&C Future: A Crack in Time isn't on top of everything? Thats crazy man. Really is.

alexkn64
alexkn64

"Activision's latest child-friendly rhythm game Band Hero, failed to break even the top 40" Take that Kotick, you dick.

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

that is mega sales for wii fit! what a money maker! R&C are great though, more fun in the short term i guess

tomelus
tomelus

And once you go white You go right back to black -Rich Vos

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

Ratchet and Clank games are great they don't get the sales they deserve. They are better than quiet alot of games series who received higher sales.

whitemute
whitemute

Once you go black, you never go back.

MattHopeKids
MattHopeKids

Everyone has only just bought GH5 or the beatles RB, so really why did activision think releasing DJ hero and Band hero just after them be a good idea?

CyleM
CyleM

well yeah Wii Fit Plus is number 1, it only costs $20 for the game.

dwd_27
dwd_27

That's good at least it's been worthwhile making wii fit plus good game

jazilla
jazilla

I like how last week GameSpot covered a story on Iwata saying that the Wii has, and I quote, "stalled". While the sales of the console may have waned, it is obvious that they do have a very viable peripheral and software line-up. I would own one if it had what I personally wanted. From a business standpoint though, Nintendo definitely has the best money making strategy of all the consoles.

Bluegreen17
Bluegreen17

Ratchet & Clank debuted at #22?! Excuse me while I go cry in the corner. :( It's the worst shame when games that are actually good get overshadowed by lesser games (Although, most of the games mentioned in this article look good, and I've heard of a few glitches in ACiT, so this is a little more understandable. :)) ..but, still. *sigh*

cruzerramos
cruzerramos

A black Wii! If that came to the U.S. there would be more houses with black Wii's than indoor plumbing!

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

Wolfcp11, Band Hero is made by... huh... the same company? So it's not really a rip off. Before speaking, you should try not to make a fool of yourself.

Wolfcp11
Wolfcp11

Im glad the crappy guitar hero rip-offs failed hard.. go dragon age!